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Drama Association's Theatre Festival Awards

At the recent Cornwall Drama Association's Theatre Festival Awards Dinner, held at the Best Western Hotel Bristol, Newquay, Carnon Downs Drama Group picked up several awards

We are pleased to announce our achievements:

  • Alex Jones won the John Watson Award for Best Youth Performance. Alex is a very keen member of our Junior Group, Karnon Kidz, so well done, Alex.
  • Our "Perranwell Boys" came joint third with Helston Theatre Companys The Hypochondriac in Best Play.

To our surprise and delight we won 3 Special Awards:

  • For the chicken puppets made by Chris Breach for "George’s Marvellous Medicine".
  • David Ivall for his script for "Perranwell Boys".
  • Bruce Austin for his performances as the Army Medical Officer and Sergeant Bascombe in "Perranwell Boys".

All in all, a very successful evening for CDDG. Congratulations to everyone involved.


CDA Special Awards

It is with great delight that we can report CDDG have been nominated for several awards as part of the Theatre Festival 2014-15 including a “Special Award” that doesn’t fit into any of the “usual” catergories.

  • Best Play – CDA Trophy “Perranwell Boys”
  • Best Set – Eileen Stratton Trophy – “Perranwell Boys”
  • The John Walton Award for best youth performance (company or individual) – Alex Jones for George in George’s Marvellous Medicine.

Watch this space for further news or better still, join us at the CDA Annual Dinner Dance on 24 October, Great Western Hotel, Newquay. (Ticketed event)



At last we are able to give you the exciting news!

It’s official! After months of having to grit our teeth and not publish any announcements we can officially proclaim that Carnon Drama Group is to perform the parts of the Mechanicals in the Royal Shakespeare Company touring production of Midsummer Night’s Dream when it arrives in Cornwall at the Hall for Cornwall Wed 4th May to 7th May 2016 and Stratford Friday 8th July and Sat 9th July 2016 (matinee & evening)


This is all part of a radical new adventure by the RSC to celebrate 400 years since Shakespeare’s death in 2016. They are touring a new production of Midsummer Night’s Dream as a Play for the Nation. Carnon Downs submitted an application under the direction of John Frankland for an ensemble group comprising Colin Groom, Esther O’Bearagh, Charlie Springthorpe-Warner, Miriam Loosemore, Nick Vale and Peter Collett. We went into rehearsals for all the sections of the play that related to the Mechanicals, incorporating (obviously pasties) but also commissioning a new Cornish Folk song “Keslowena” by Andrew Bate.

As one of the earliest regions to be auditioned there was a lot development into how the process was going to work from the RSC team, headed by Erica Whyman who is the Deputy Artistic Director of the Company. These early deliberations resulted in the realisation that there was a need for an actor to play the part of a rehearsal Titania to support the character of Bottom in those scenes where she is enchanted with his appearance as an ass! Miriam Loosemore was asked to take on that important challenge which meant that we welcomed Dorothy Nelson from Troy Players to play the part of Peter Quince.

The RSC launched the project nationwide on the 24th June. You may have seen Colin and Nick on Spotlight and heard me on Radio Cornwall.

The RSC press release says, “Carnon Downs Players are a very sharp company of theatre makers - we were properly impressed by the skill with which they responded to us in their audition. Peter Collett plays Bottom with an infectious ‘tigger-like’ quality. Their experienced director John Frankland has created a true ensemble with a strong flavour of Cornwall.” Erica Whyman Director Midsummer Night’s Dream.

And now the excitement will continue to grow! Rehearsals proper will happen in Feb linked to the professional company in Stratford via Skype.

Then imagine the mixture of nerves, exhilaration and pride as we prepare to tech and dress for the performances in Truro and Stratford!

It really is a wonderful concept combining as it does a celebration of Shakespeare and Amateur Drama. The Mechanicals were the original 'am dram' group coming together to perform a play after work! Now here we are as a society one of only fourteen groups to uphold that tradition….it just doesn’t get any better than that!

John Frankland


CDDG committee are planning a “coach trip” to Stratford to support our team’s performances and celebrate with them this amazing achievement. Keep an eye on “The Prompt” for more details next year.